The Word And The World: Biblical Exegesis And Early Modern Science

Hardcover | May 15, 2007

EditorKevin Killeen, Peter Forshaw

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This book explores the impact of biblical reading practices on scientific thought in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Looking beyond the canonical figures of science and exploring the full European stage, the collection addresses the presuption that natural philosophers forged their new sciences despite rather than because of the pervasive bible-centeredness of early modern thought. The essays engage iwth long-running debates ofer religion and science, and the supposition that scriptural exegesis was a hindrance rather than a catalyst to science.

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This book explores the impact of biblical reading practices on scientific thought in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Looking beyond the canonical figures of science and exploring the full European stage, the collection addresses the presuption that natural philosophers forged their new sciences despite rather than because of ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:May 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230507077

ISBN - 13:9780230507074

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The Use of Creatures: Allegory, the Literal Sense and the Contemplative Life--P.Harrison * Francis Bacon and the Two Books: Interpreting God's Will and Power--S.Matthews * Making sense of science and the literal: semantics and hermeneutics--J.D.Fleming * Vitriolic Reactions: Orthodox Response to the Alchemical Exegesis of Genesis--P.Forshaw * Tycho the Apocalyptic: History, Astrology and the Apocalypse in Early Modern Science--H.Hakansson * "Whether the stars are innumerable for us?" Astronomy and Biblical Exegesis among the Jesuits in the 16th and 17th centuries--V.Remmert * Biblical-Textual Criticism and Marin Mersenne's Scientific Practice--P.Mueller * Giordano Bruno's hermeneutic comments on the Bible in his De monade--L.Catana * Reading The Book of God as The Book of Nature: The Case of the Louvain Humanist Cornelius Valerius (1512-1578)--I.A.Kelter * The Fortunes of Babel: Technology, History, and Genesis 11:1-9--J.Sawday * Duckweed and the Word of God: Seminal principles and Creation in Thomas Browne--K.Killeen * Days of the Locust: Natural History, Politics, and the English Bible--K.Edwards *